Gregory - good question. Ken is right on many points. Also check out the Breaking into Local Government guide (http://icma.org/bilg). Networking and internships are useful, but if you're a career changer with good experience focus on your transferable skills. I have heard most managers say they appreciate seeing professional memberships on resumes as they have said it demonstrates seriousness to your profession, whether that be GFOA, APWA, or others. Focus on your state association if nothing else. If you're serious about the management track specifically, it can't hurt to signal that on your resume but it's just one of many signals (like the MPA or MBA) to highlight you over other candidates. I'm not pressuring membership, but affiliate member dues are not as expensive as full member dues and state dues are more affordable.As Ken wrote, interview preparation is key. Know as much about the community as you can. The issues, the elected officials, the challenges. Email me any time you'd like to discuss your options! Phone and email are linked in my profile.